The Spotted Lake, near the city of Osoyoos in British Columbia.
This is a story just waiting to happen. Wow.
The Danakil Depression, in Ethiopia. Also the HOTTEST and cruelest place on Earth. Volcanoes, salt lakes, hot springs, 330 feet below sea level. Completely inhospitable. The Afar people of the region call these their lowlands.
You know there's got to be a good story in there. What kinds of characters could comfortably exist and thrive in such a place? What mischief could they get up to? What could they possibly be afraid of? Hmmm!